Fears burglars in Crowthorne are targeting empty homesBy Becky Barnes
February 22, 2013
A spate of burglaries in one afternoon have sparked suspicions that thieves could be knocking on doors and preying on empty homes in the area.
Burglars targeted four homes in Crowthorne and Sandhurst on the afternoon of Saturday, February 2, and police believe the burglaries were committed by the same pair or group.
Detective Inspector Mick Squire, of Bracknell CID, said: “We are appealing for witnesses who saw anyone acting suspiciously or walking back and forth on Saturday afternoon.
“We believe they may have knocked on doors to find out if people were in – did anyone have their door knocked asking for fictitious names?”
Items including mobile phones, jewellery, laptops and a camera were swiped from two homes in Pinehill Road, Crowthorne, and homes in The Broadway and Wellington Road in Sandhurst.
DI Squire added: “We are convinced there are two offenders who were in Crowthorne in the afternoon and we strongly suspect they were in Crowthorne High Street at around 7.30pm in the evening.
“We believe they were walking in Crowthorne Road towards Sandhurst and then we strongly suspect they walked along Wellington Road, in Sandhurst at 7.30pm to 8pm.”
Det Insp Squire added officers have ruled out a group of salesman who have been door-knocking in the area selling household goods.
Neighbours in Crowthorne raised concerns after a well-known group of ex-convict travelling salesmen knocked on doors in the village last week.
He said: “We can discount them but we are looking for these spurious people who are knocking on doors and asking for a bogus name.”
The police do not have a description of the suspected offenders, but want to hear from anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious.
Anyone with information contact PC Anthony Gibson at Bracknell CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
n LAPTOPS, jewellery, alcohol and cash were swiped when burglars raided another home in Crowthorne during a separate incident.
Thieves climbed a drainpipe and entered through an unsecured toilet window in Wokingham Road on Monday, February 4.
A police spokeswoman urged people in the village to be vigilant.
She said: “Police would ask that you share this information with your neighbours, encouraging them to report anything that looks suspicious, especially if there are unfamiliar callers attending properties where the owner is known to be out.
“Always secure windows and doors if you are away from your property.”